Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

The study of philosophy helps students to develop insights into the nature of individuals, societies, and values, and it helps them to think critically about themselves and the world around them. By studying philosophical works from the past and present, East, West, North, and South, students engage theories about such central concepts as personhood, justice, gender, knowledge, language, and science.

Faculty

Frank Boardman, Assistant Professor (2017), B.A., Hunter College; Ph.D., The City University of New York Graduate Center

Elena C. Cuffari, Assistant Professor (2014), B.A. Swarthmore College; Ph.D. University of Oregon

Daniel C. Shartin, Professor (1993), B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Henry C. Theriault, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor (1998), B.A. Princeton University; Ph.D. University of Massachusetts

Kristin B. Waters, Professor (1999), A.B. Bard College; M.A., Ph.D. University of Connecticut

PH-100 Introduction to Philosophy

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

The fundamentals of philosophy: its vocabulary, problems, and methods.

Every year. 3 Credits

PH-101 Ancient Western Philosophy

Introduction to fundamantal topics in Western philosophy through works by philosophers including Plato and Aristotle.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-102 History of Modern Western Philosophy 1600-1800

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

Engages central topics of Western philosophy through study of important modern philosophers, typically from Descartes through Kant.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-110 Critical Thinking

LASC Categories: TLC

Critical thinking through informal logical analysis of argument styles, including identification of fallacious arguments.

Every year. 3 Credits

PH-115 Logic I

LASC Categories: QR

A study of introductory symbolic (formal) logic course, covering sentential logic and the foundations of predicate logic.

Every year. 3 Credits

PH-130 Ethics: Human Conduct & Values

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

The nature of morality and value and their place in the world of human action.

Every year. 3 Credits

PH-131 Medical Ethics

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

An introductory-level examination of various ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia, cloning and other genetics issues, access to health care, race and health care, and women's health.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-132 Business Ethics

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

An introduction to ethical theory and issues such as truth in advertising, product liability, affirmative action, employer and employee rights and duties, whistle blowing, and corporate responsibility.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-133 Social and Political Ethics

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC, DAC

Investigates major social and politicl theories and their applications to selected problems of justice.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-150 Women in Western Ideas

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC, DAC

Investigates the concept of "woman" from ancient Greece to the present.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-151 Race, Gender, and the Law

LASC Categories: TLC, USW, CON

This course provides a philosophical approach to issues of race and gender as expressed in legislation, judicial interpretation, enforcement, and public policy.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-152 Philosophy of Love and Sex

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW, DAC

Investigates the concepts of love and sex and structural and discursive factors contributing to our daily experiences of these phenomena.

Every year. 3 Credits

PH-163 Philosophy on Television

LASC Categories: USW, TLC

An introduction to philosophy through philosophical writings on popular television shows.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-170 Ancient Chinese Philosophies in a Cultural Perspective

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Ancient Chinese philosophies of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and neo-Confucianism in the context of contemporary developments in China; Communism, Capitalism, and Western influences considered.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-171 Buddhism:Theory and Meditative Practice

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Examines the origins, texts, principles, and practices of Buddhist philosophy including the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path for individual practice.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-172 Asian Philosophies and Contemporary Perspectives

LASC Categories: GP

Studies the philosophies of India, China, Japan, and the vitality of ancient traditions in a time of cultural change: Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Jainism, Hinduism and Islam.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-177 Introduction to Latin American Philosophy

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, DAC

An introduction to many of the principal texts, thinkers, and debates within Latin American philosophy.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-178 Africana Philosophy

LASC Categories: TLC, USW, DAC

Explores the philosophy of the African diaspora in African, African American and Caribbean writings. The course addresses both historical and contemporary material across intersections of race, gender, and class using philosophy, history, and literature.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-180 Sports and Philosophy

LASC Categories: ICW

Examines key ethical and other issues in sports, including competition, fair play, sportspersonship, drug use, race and gender, and violence.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-190 Special Topics in Philosophy

An introductory philosophy course on current or specialized topics. LASC Categories: Varies by topic. See current course listing for specific LASC area approved.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-193 First Year Seminar Philosophy

LASC Categories: FYS

An introductory course covering a topic of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-201 19th Century European Philosophy

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

Engages the radical new philosophical ideas developed on the European Continent in the 19th Century, beginning with Hegel.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-202 Selected Topics: 20th-21st Century Western Philosophy

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

Addresses a specific topic in 20th-21st Century Western Philosophy. The topic will be indicated in each PH 202 registration listing.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-215 Logic II

LASC Categories: QR

Prerequisites: PH-115

Intermediate symbolic (formal) logic including multi-placed predicates and identity.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-220 Philosophy of Mind

Prerequisites: EN-102

Investigation of the relationship between mental processes and physical states - and implications for such issues as personal identity and free will.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-221 Existentialism and Phenomenology

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Examines the Existentialist movement of the first half of the 20th Century.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-225 Philosophy of Language

LASC Categories: TLC, ICW

A survey of theories of reference, truth, word and sentence meaning, ordinary language philosophy, embodies communication, and/or dialogic ethics.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-231 Philosophy of Law

LASC Categories: CON, HBS, USW, DAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

Survey of the legal theories and issues and the philosophical bases of key legal and related political concepts.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-240 Political Theory

LASC Categories: USW, TLC

Investigates concepts including political power, equality, revolution, liberties, slavery, socialism and patriarchal power, race and gender.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-241 Genocide and Human Rights

LASC Categories: USW, GP

This course treats the ethical, political, and other dimensions of systematic mass violence through case studies and general theoretical analyses.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-242 Race, Nation, Class, Gender and Sexuality

LASC Categories: USW, HBS

Examines these five important social categories that define the political, legal, economic, and cultural contexts in which we live.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

PH-250 Global Feminisms

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Investigates the theoretical underpinnings of women's movements for equal rights around the globe.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-251 Mass Violence Against Women

LASC Categories: USW, GP

A philosophy-based, interdisciplinary course examining historical and contemporary mass violence against women.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-260 Philosophy of Science

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC

Critically investigates such quesions as: What distinguishes sciences from pseudo-sciences? When is a theory confirmed? What is a law of nature?

Every year. 3 Credits

PH-261 Philosophy of Religion

Examination of the roles of faith and reason in beliefs concerning a deiy and in such issues as the problem of evil.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-263 Film and Philosophy

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

An intermediate study of films presenting philosophical ideas about film.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-264 Philosophy of Education

Examines philosophical approaches to education through readings of various authors such as Plato, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, and Dewey.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

PH-290 Advanced Special Topics in Philosophy

A treatment of current or special topics for students beyond the introductory level. LASC Categories: Varies by topic. See current course listing for specific LASC area approved.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-301 Individual Figure in the History of Western Philosophy

Prerequisites: EN-102

Studies a specific Western philosopher. The philoopher for a given semester will be indicated in the course registration listings.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-302 Topics in American Philosophy

Prerequisites: EN-102

Treats a selected set of topics in the history of philosophy in the United States.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

PH-320 Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology

Prerequisites: EN-102

Selected topics in theories of mind, language, and knowledge.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

PH-360 Philosophy of History

LASC Categories: USW, GP

Prerequisites: 3 credits from department PH

Explores the different philosophical approaches to the study and writing of history and the nature of historical change and development.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-361 Philosophy of Art

Prerequisites: One semester of philosphy required.

An investigation of the nature of aesthetic experience.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-390 Independent Study in Philosophy

Tutorials in areas of philosophy not covered in normal course offerings.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1-6 Credits

PH-391 Internship in Philosophy

Provides an opportunity for mid-level or advanced students to increase their philosophical knowledge.

3 Credits

PH-408 Directed Study: Philosophy

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

3 Credits